Friday, January 21, 2011

Paper Roses Instructions

Life has been busy this past week and I am also working on a couple of contest projects that I can't share yet, so I don't have anything new this week. What I would like to share with you is some instructions to make paper roses. This is by no means an original idea, there are a couple of You Tube videos out there.

I created these roses to decorate small gifts of chocolate bars and boxed candy. They are really quite simple to make and you don't need any special tools that you don't already have in your scrapbooking room.

Start with three squares of paper (for the small roses on the wrapped candy gifts I used 2" x 2" squares, for most of the following pictures I used 3" x 3" squares to make it easier to see) You can use whatever size squares you like to give you the size of rose you want.

Take each of the four squares and fold them in half to form triangles. Then fold each of these over to the left (or right if you are right handed) forming a smaller triangle, and then fold over to the left again (or right) for your final triangle shape.

Draw a cone shape on the triangle with pencil and cut out, using this shape as a template to cut the other two triangles. Cut the tip off the bottom of the cone of each.

Open out each and you will have three 8 petal flowers. Ink the edges of each flower.

Take one flower and cut out a 2 petal piece along the fold lines, giving you a 2 petal and a 6 petal piece. Take the second flower and cut out a 3 petal piece, giving you a 5 petal peice and a 3 petal piece. Take the final flower and cut out a 4 petal piece and a 1 petal piece (discard the remaining 3 petal piece). You should now have six pieces - a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 petal piece.

Take the 6 petal piece and apply glue to the front face of one of the end petals. Fold the opposite end petal over top and adhere - this gives you a 5 petal flower. Do this with the 5 petal piece, the 4 petal piece and the 3 petal piece.

Take a toothpick or whatever round tool you require and fold the edge of each petal around it to curl the petals on all pieces including the 2 petal and 1 petal piece.

 After curling the petals of the 1 and 2 petal pieces, lay the toothpick along the inside edges and roll up into a small cylinder and glue as shown in the picture below.

You should now have 6 flower pieces with curled petals as shown in the picture below.

Take the 4 petal piece and apply glue to the bottom outside (I used liquid glass), and insert this piece into the 5 petal piece.

Continue adding each piece in this manner (adjusting the petals until you get the desired effect) until you have completed building your rose. Cut the tip off of the 1 petal piece to make it easier to insert.

 Making the leaves - for the 2" square roses I used a 1 1/2" circle punch, punch out two leaves from each circle as shown.

 For larger leaves use either a larger punch or another circle cutting system. Lay each leaf on a foam mat and using an embossing stylus draw a line down the center of each leaf and draw veins on each leaf being careful not to tear through the cardstock. Turn the leaf over and rub green ink over the surface with a sponge to highlight the veins you have created. Ink again with brown and then some red to get the desired effect. Attach the leaves to the rose with glue dots.

Chocolate Bar and Cany Wraps Instructions

To make the chocolate bar wraps (Hershey's Bliss) and the candy wraps (Jelly Belly) cut the following
Cardstock - 8 3/4" x 5 5/8"
Printed paper - 8" x 5 3/8"
Score the chocolate wrap at 1 1/2" , 2", 5 3/8" and 5 7/8" on both the cardstock and paper
Score the candy wrap at 1 1/2", 2 3/8", 5 3/8" and 6 1/4" on both the cardstock and paper
Punch a decorative border at the end of the cardstock piece closest to the 5 7/8" or 6 1/4" score line. Fold the cardstock and the paper along all of the score lines using a bone folder. Apply glue to the inside of the paper piece and attach to the cardstock starting at the non punched end and folding both the paper and cardstock along the score lines as you do so. If you try to apply the paper to the cardstock while they are both lying flat when you try to fold the wrap around the candy you will run into problems (when scoring the paper piece be generous with your measurements - this will facilitate the above process). Once you have adhered the paper to the card stock, run a line of glue runner to the front straight edge, wrap around your candy and adhere.

Pop up a tag on the front. Attach a multi-looped ribbon and your rose with glue dots and liquid glass and you have a perfect little gift.


  1. Great tutorial. Your roses are beautiful.

  2. Thank you, thank you. Now I really don't have to go and buy a punch. Your roses are the prettiest I have ever seen. I certainly will try them. :)

  3. I tried them, and your tutorial worked beautifully!

  4. All your flowers are unique and beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  5. i tried it and it's awesome.. thank you!!


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